1966 – The Ontario Educational Communications Authority receives a mandate that includes producing shows that meet the needs and aspirations of the province’s Francophone community. The Authority creates the French Programming Service under the leadership of Léopold Lacroix, General Manager from 1966 to 1983.
1975 – The OTEO now has a full-fledged television channel called TVOntario.
A recommendation of the Advisory Council on Francophone Affairs leads to the creation of the French-language Services Division, that will be responsible for 17 % of the programming on the TVO schedule.
Production and broadcast of the Villages et visages series, which showcases Ontario through people’s everyday life.
1983 – Donald Duprey becomes General Manager of French Programming Services.
TVO’s French-language flagship shows: Le lys et le trillium, Les Ontariens, Lapierre à la une, L’échiquier politique.
1984 – The provincial Ministry of Civic and Cultural Affairs and the federal Ministry of Communications announce their intention of jointly financing an entirely French-language channel at TVOntario.
1985 – The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Communications Canada approve the creation of a French-language television channel in Ontario to be run by TVOntario.
September 23, 1986 – Presentation of a license request to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).
December 3, 1986 – The French arm of TVOntario is granted a license by the CRTC, under the name La Chaîne.
1987 - 1987La Chaîne is launched
1987 - 1987
La Chaîne is launched
19871987 The first NUIT SUR L’ÉTANG, in SUDBURY
January 1st - La Chaîne – first French-language television channel in Ontario – is officially on the air. It can be viewed by 97% of Francophones subscribing to cable television, which equals to 63% of Ontario residents who speak French.
La Chaîne presents La Nuit sur l’étang in Sudbury, one of the most important French-language cultural events in Ontario.
To ensure that Franco-Ontarians without cable can still see La Chaîne programming on TVO, the “switched Sundays” policy is implemented.
The number of hours of broadcast goes from 26.8 hours a week in 1986-1987 to 70.6 hours a week in 1987-1988.
1988 - 1988LE LYS ET LE TRILLIUM
1988 - 1988
LE LYS ET LE TRILLIUM
19881988 LE LYS ET LE TRILLIUM
La Chaîne coordinates the Championnats du monde d’orthographe, a dictation competition for which the final will be held in Paris, in November.
The show Le lys et le trillium, a public-affairs forum, is now broadcast live each week on the French channel.
La Chaîne produce Picoli et Lirabo, an educational series designed to encourage reading by young children.
La Chaîne broadcast day is extended; broadcasting now begins at 9:30 am, rather than at 2 pm.
On-air time goes from 4,567 hours to 5,620 yearly.
1989 - 1989A great GALA… for bill 8
1989 - 1989
A great GALA… for bill 8
19891989 A great GALA… for bill 8
To celebrate the passing of Bill 8, the French Language Services Act, La Chaîne presents Le grand gala, a televised party starring well-known political, economic and cultural figures from Ontario.
During the year, Show Use Officers facilitate 248 workshops to which 3,800 teachers participate.
The Paroles ontariennes and A comme artiste series, produced by La Chaîne, are now broadcast Canada-wide every week on the TV5 channel.
The first transmitter is installed in Sudbury. However, the CRTC is considering the Hawkesbury one as the main transmitter, as it covers the Montréal region. A 3rd transmitter is installed in Pembroke.
Jacques Bensimon becomes Chief Executive Officer of La Chaîne.
1990The youth sector
The youth sector
1990 the youth sector
Broadcast of the first À la claire fontaine show. The series focuses on children’s development and language acquisition.
Creation of the Youth sector to better serve youth aged 16 to 18 and fight assimilation.
The school-level section of the Championnats du monde d’orthographe is organized in French-language and French-immersion schools in Ontario.
1991 - 1991The first annual telethon
1991 - 1991
The first annual telethon
19911991 the first annual telethon
La Chaîne’s signal reaches, according to estimates, 72% of French-speaking Ontarians.
A production mobile unit, with all the necessary equipment to produce shows in remote regions, will be used to create shows in the province’s Francophone communities.
La Chaîne gets its own studio, Studio F, and presents its first annual telethon.
La Chaîne coproduces Le match d’impro, a series that gives Franco-Ontarian teams the opportunity to compete in improv.
La Chaîne participates in the Festival jeunesse, which celebrates the cultural vitality of Franco-Ontarian youth.
Le grand gala de la fierté francophone 1991 – a successful event starring Franco-Ontarian personalities from various sectors – is organized and broadcast by La Chaîne.
1992 - 1992PANORAMA, already…
1992 - 1992
19921992 PANORAMA, already…
La Chaîne launches Pédagogie 2000 for French-language teachers and school administrators, but also to make the general public more aware of education issues.
Four hours per week, on Wednesday and Friday, a new cultural and public-affairs hit show, PANORAMA, gives Franco-Ontarians the opportunity to participate in live discussions on social, economic, cultural and current-affairs issues. Its motto is Chez nous, c’est chez vous!
Opening of the Ottawa offices. Through an agreement with La Cité collégiale, the College offers studio space in exchange for access to TVOntario’s mobile production unit for student training.
La Chaîne broadcasts La cabane des rêves, a series of show for students aged 9 to 12, designed to encourage a love of reading in children.
La Chaîne presents its second annual telethon.
1993 - 1993DIRECTION… SCIENCE NORTH in SUDBURY
1993 - 1993
DIRECTION… SCIENCE NORTH in SUDBURY
19931993 DIRECTION… SCIENCE NORTH in SUDBURY
La Chaîne heads to Sudbury to present a week of shows. The mobile production unit and the Science North facilities are used to produce five live shows for the PANORAMA, Pédagogie 2000, Imagine and Mission : Action! series.
The PANORAMA team welcomes journalist Adrien Cantin as producer and series host.
La Chaîne presents its third annual telethon.
1994 - 1994VOLT, The PREMIERE
1994 - 1994
VOLT, The PREMIERE
19941994 VOLT, The PREMIERE
The Spécial paniers de Noël telethon is an initiative organized in partnership with the Assemblée des centres culturels de l’Ontario which raises $50,000 and help 650 families at Christmas.
Launch of Volt, an intelligent, dynamic and irreverent show dealing with issues relevant for Ontario Francophone youth.
Rachel Huneault, teacher at École Ste-Marguerite-d’Youville in Verner, and one of the best teachers in Ontario, represents Canada in the documentary series Enseignants du monde/Teachers of the World,an international coproduction in which La Chaîne is involved.
1995 - 1995LA CHAÎNE becomes TFO!
1995 - 1995
LA CHAÎNE becomes TFO!
19951995 LA CHAÎNE becomes TFO!
La Chaîne officially changes its name to TFO.
TFO launches Bisou, an educational show for preschoolers.
With its advisory consultants, TFO participates in numerous events in the Francophone community, giving it many opportunities to meet the public.
June – The “switched Sundays” policy is cancelled.
TFO launches Cinécure, a magazine on cinema news hosted by Marie Turgeon.
1996 - 1996MÉGA TFO
1996 - 1996
1996 MÉGA TFO
TFO celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new slogan: La télé bien pensée.
TFO decides to offer its signal to Francophone communities outside of Ontario.
Gisèle Quenneville joins the PANORAMA team as host.
TFO launches the Méga TFO block of children’s programming.
TFO produces a new series, Déclic! le magazine, which deals with current issues.
TFO presents Le grand soir, a series of special shows hosted by Jacqueline Pelletier and consisting of a film or documentary followed by a panel discussion.
1997 - 1997Launch of TFO.ORG!
1997 - 1997
Launch of TFO.ORG!
1997 Launch of TFO.ORG!
TFO launches its website, tfo.org. Beyond information on the channel’s programming, the site offers numerous activities and educational resources for all ages. It quickly becomes a world leader among French-language educational websites.
The CRTC approves TFO’s request to broadcast its signal in New-Brunswick, where the channel becomes available in 180,000 homes.
Pierre Granger joins Gisèle Quenneville to co-host PANORAMA.
TFO broadcasts Le concours d’orthographe.
1998 - 1998TFO, CANADIAN CHANNEL!
1998 - 1998
TFO, CANADIAN CHANNEL!
1998 TFO, CANADIAN CHANNEL!
TFO is broadcast throughout Canada through ExpressVu and StarChoice.
TFO sponsors and broadcasts the opening ceremony of Collège Boréal.
Over two years, La Cinquième, France’s public educational television broadcaster, buys a million dollars worth of TFO shows.
1999 - 1999TFO, DISTRIBUTED in QUEBEC
1999 - 1999
TFO, DISTRIBUTED in QUEBEC
1999 TFO, DISTRIBUTED in QUEBEC
TFO is broadcast in Quebec by different cable companies.
Launch of the L’îlot TFO website which offers games and information to parents and children.
TFO coproduces educational multimedia projects with large Canadian businesses such as Enzyme and Micro-Intel (Quebecor).
TFO launches Ô Zone – a cultural magazine produced by Thérèse Pinho – a reflection on Canadian culture and its future.
2000 - 2000TFO, teachers’ privileged partner
2000 - 2000
TFO, teachers’ privileged partner
2000 TFO, teachers’ privileged partner
Claudette Paquin becomes CEO of TFO.
Movies are now broadcast every night on TFO.
With more than 4,000 shows in stock, TFO has become the preferred partner channel of teachers: 53% of French-language elementary and secondary teachers in Ontario regularly use TFO shows in class; more than 2,000 Francophone teachers have participated in training workshops.
TFO broadcasts Le château magique, a series for children, focusing on ballet, mime, and music.
TFO broadcasts Science point com, a Franco-Ontarian production in which two youngsters discover science while preparing their school radio show.
TFO broadcasts Papi et Gamin, the follow-up to the very popular Papi Bonheur children’s TV series.
2001 - 2001TFO Support the Montfort hospital
2001 - 2001
TFO Support the Montfort hospital
2001 TFO Support the Montfort hospital
TFO broadcasts the Montfort Hospital trial in the case brought against the Ontario government.
TFO’s Educational services develop a new project to prepare children for their first year of school. This kit is distributed to 8,000 parents.
Méga TFO produces Fou d’art, a series that aims to introduce various arts and the jobs that go with them to children.
One Friday per month, PANORAMA dedicates one show to arts and culture.
An agreement is signed: AOL Canada and Sympatico-Lycos for Îlot-TFO.
2002 - 2002FRANCŒUR – first franco-ontarian dramatic series
2002 - 2002
FRANCŒUR – first franco-ontarian dramatic series
2002 FRANCŒUR – first franco-ontarian dramatic series
New Media Services develop a partnership with the Conseil scolaire de langue française de Toronto to offer SOS Devoirs, an online and telephone homework help desk for Ontario’s Francophone students.
Coproduction by TFO of Francœur, the first large-scale Canadian dramatic series, in French, created outside of Quebec.
TFO produces Sortie de secours, a series of vignettes starring Franco-Ontarian poets.
Broadcast of the Les multiples visages de l’anxiété series, focusing on the issue of anxiety disorders in Canadian society.
2003 - 2003ATELIER.ON.CA website
2003 - 2003
2003 ATELIER.ON.CA website
The Ontario Ministry of Education tasks TFO with developing an educational resource website – www.atelier.on.ca (www.eworkshop.on.ca) – for elementary teachers in the province, in both French- and English-language schools.
Launch of the Le grenier de Bisou website and of resources for parents and teachers.
PANORAMA produces two documentaries on Franco-Ontarian personalities: Conrad Lavignein Tours de force; and Jean-Robert Gauthier in Là où le nombre le justifie.
TFO launches its new season on the air from Sudbury’s Boréal College and announces the opening of a new office for Panorama in Sudbury.
Production and broadcast of Villages et visages, new version. A TFO cult series that follows the evolution of Francophone towns and villages in Ontario.
TFO produces La guerre de Corée, a series dealing with Canada’s contribution to the Korean War.
Coproduction of the Paul et Suzanne children’s series with Productions Rivard.
Francœur is broadcast on TFO.
2004 - 2004TFO DISTRIBUted by VIDÉOTRON
2004 - 2004
TFO DISTRIBUted by VIDÉOTRON
2004 TFO DISTRIBUted by VIDÉOTRON
TFO is broadcast in Quebec through Vidéotron’s digital service.
TFO launches Échos, a series of 20 historical vignettes on Ontario.
MégaTFO produces Appartement 611, a series where various human, social, cultural and historical issues are dealt with in a humourous way.
Jacqueline Pelletier hosts Rendez-vous de TFO, an interactive forum focusing on the Couchiching experience, the Francœur dramatic series and the African film Paris selon Moussa.
Francœur 2 – New storylines and new characters.
2005 - 2005TFO launches Mini TFO
2005 - 2005
TFO launches Mini TFO
2005 Launch of MINITFO
Francœur 3 – The Francœur saga continues.
Launch of MiniTFO, a series of interprogram clips for preschoolers.
PANORAMA produces a report on the 30th anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag.
2006 - 2006TFO, complete INDEPENDENCE!
2006 - 2006
TFO, complete INDEPENDENCE!
2006 TFO, complete INDEPENDENCE!
The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and the Honourable Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Education of Ontario, officially announce TFO’s complete independence and the granting of the necessary funding, including that relating to digital technologies and HD.
PANORAMA and Volt can now be viewed online, and the day following their broadcast, on the tfo.org website.
Volt fans can also download their favourite episodes on their portable multimedia device or their PC.
Francœur 4 – End of the saga.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) uses a story taken from the Mirouille raconte series produced by TFO to evaluate students’ reading skills.
TFO produces Voyageurs, a documentary presenting an historical recreation of the life of Voyageurs, as well as the beginnings of the Métis nation.
Coproduction with TVA and broadcast of the Destination Nor’Ouest series, a contemporary adventure in which 8 participants go on a 2,500 km canoe expedition, from Montreal to Winnipeg.
The SOS Devoirs services, accessible from the tfo.org website, are extended to British-Columbia, the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Produced by TFO, the Les vrais Pays-d’en-Haut series recounts 400 years of French presence in Ontario.
2007 - 2007CREATION of the OTÉLFO
2007 - 2007
CREATION of the OTÉLFO
2007 CREATION of the OTÉLFO
Launch, on TFO, of the Franco-Ontarian dramatic series, Pointe-aux-Chimères, shot in Lefaivre and Vankleek Hill, two villages in Eastern Ontario.
April 1st – The Office des télécommunications éducatives de langue française de l’Ontario (OTÉLFO) (Ontario French-Language Educational Communications Authority). The OTÉLFO has its own Board of Directors and operates the TFO television channel.
Claudette Paquin becomes the very first CEO of the OTÉLFO.
The hosts of the popular Mégallô show go on tour in Eastern Ontario schools.
2008 - 2008Official launch
2008 - 2008
2008 Official launch
TFO moves into 21 College Street, in downtown Toronto. To be able to work in the same facilities and in the same language makes TFO’s team closer than ever.
March 26 – Great party for the official opening. Anyone who’s anyone in Ontario attends!
From Orléans to Mississauga, by way of North Bay, TFO presents the Mini spectacle, the very first tour by the MiniTFO duo of Dino and Marianne.
Moitié moitié, the first Franco-Ontarian dramatic series for young viewers, is launched on TFO.
Volt tour in Ontario: Sturgeon Falls, Alfred-Plantagenet, L’Orignal…
Claude Sauvé becomes Director of Programming at TFO.
TFO broadcasts Météo +, a dramedy produced in Sudbury.
TFO is a partner for three fundraisers for the Fondation franco-ontarienne (FFO).
June 18 – The Legislative Assembly of Ontario adopts Bill 55, which makes TFO an entirely independent channel. This law marks the realization of a dream of the Franco-Ontarian community and is a sign of the provincial government’s commitment towards the Francophonie.
2009 - 2009CONVERting to digital
2009 - 2009
CONVERting to digital
2009 CONVERting to digital
Broadcast of all of TFO’s programming in digital format 16:9.
Launch of the first edition of the TFO Teaching Award.
2010 - 2010New president and CEO
2010 - 2010
New president and CEO
2010 New president and CEO
TFO offers videos on demand through its brand new web broadcasting platform: Illico Web from Vidéotron.
Launch of a new summer show, Sur la route.
Launch of a new current affairs show on TFO, RelieF.
TFO launches ibou.ca, an educational resource search engine for French Ontario, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Mr. Glenn O'Farrell is named President and CEO of the OTÉLFO.
TFO becomes Groupe Média TFO.
Launch of Groupe Média TFO’s YouTube channel.
2011 - 2011Crossmedia shift
2011 - 2011
2011 Crossmedia shift
Announcement of Groupe Média TFO’s new structure, that will allow it to become more crossmedia than ever.
Groupe Média TFO enters the world of apps.
Groupe Média TFO and Swedish public broadcaster UR sign an agreement making official their partnership in public educational media.
Organization, by TFO, of the first ever live electoral debate in French: a great moment of television political debating.